Building Effective Workforce Management Practices Through Shared Governance and Technology Systems Integration

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIn integrated delivery networks (IDNs) with complex management structures, shared governance in nursing is a proven model for health care delivery.After Advocate Health Care, the largest IDN in Illinois, implemented shared governance in its nursing, clinical, and non-clinical departments and restructured the organization's technology use, it benefited greatly from a new, shared decision-making process.After listening to business consultants, clinical professionals, and information technology experts, hospitals should take the blended, or comprehensive, approach to new projects.They can succeed by promoting communication supported by an integrated computer platform that helps nursing and business executives reach a consensus.Traditional modes of operation, in which individual administrative, clinical, and technology departments separately introduce innovation, do not deliver an advantage.However, models that incorporate open communication, integration, and knowledge sharing will help large IDNs and other complex health care organizations make the best possible use of their resources and investments.

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